LINCROFT, NJ — The East Brunswick baseball team opened play in the statewide Last Dance Tournament with a 10-6 loss to Wall Township in the Lincroft Regional at Christian Brothers Academy.

D.J. McGuinness, a 2020 graduate, pitched 4 ⅓ innings for the Bears and struck out eight batters. 

All of East Brunswick’s runs came in the first two innings. Manny Branco hit a two-run home run in the opening inning. Jay Bartus went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in for the Bears.

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Wall Township scored four runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 6-3 deficit. 

The Bears were back in action on Day 2 of pool play Wednesday with a game against Mater Dei Prep.